The year 2016 is of colossal importance to the path the United States is to walk in the following years. Unfortunately, because of the manner in which the candidates strive to make the voters choose their side, the preliminary elections have turned into a media circus where coherent political vision and essential strategies for the future are completely missing or just neglected.

The elections, by everything they imply: the election campaign, the promotion of a governance program, debates between the candidates, ought to represent a projection of the governance strategy and not a pretext for slandering the other candidates.


But how has it come to this truly unfortunate situation?

Candidates counting on electorate’s chronic need for scandal and gossip

Either we admit to it or not, when it comes to a political scandal, a gossip exposed in the media, or something else of this sort, our senses quickly awake from the daily routine and start absorbing all the pieces of controversial information just like a sponge.

When taking a second to analyze the rhetoric used by both the Republican and the Democratic candidates, one notices a certain propensity for this sort of behavior.

Many of the debates and media confrontations have been solved through scandal. Whether it be Sanders, Clinton, Cruz, Rubio or Trump, defamation and attacking the adversary’s personal image is the main choice.

How an actual debate ought to look like

The election process and especially the TV debates among the candidates normally ought to be organized under the guardianship of logic, common sense reasoning, pertinent and coherent standpoints, and medium and long term governance strategies. Matters such as unemployment, education, foreign policy, and so on ought to be analyzed and debated.


These debates should be accompanied and supported by strong arguments, statistics, official data, and predictions. Otherwise the candidates would fall into the other extreme, the one of populism, demagogy, and plethoric speeches.

One solution would be for the American electorate to stop being so “sensitive” to any and all scandals and defamatory action. In another train of thought, the rational ought to supersede the emotional.